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Paul Roberts

Life And Death In Pompeii And Herculaneum

Hay Festival 2013, 

An exploration of the lives of the ordinary people of Pompeii and Herculaneum, the two cities on the Bay of Naples that were buried by the catastrophic volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. The plaster-cast bodies of the victims are the most vivid and shocking reminders of the horrific event that made Pompeii famous, but who were these men, women and children so cruelly frozen in time?

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Carrie Fisher talks to William Sieghart

Metaphors Be With You All

Hay Festival 2014, 

A conversation about the star’s novels and her film career, from Warren Beatty and Star Wars to her current status as one of the most admired and sought-after screenwriters in Hollywood. Fisher wrote Postcards from the Edge.

Carrie Fisher talks to William Sieghart

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David Tickner, Homero Aridjis, Lyla Mehta and Daniela Schmidt

Water – The Basics of Life

Hay Festival 2009, 
How will climate change affect biodiversity and the way we manage freshwater supplies and the oceans as a resource? David Tickner, Head of WWF’s Freshwater Programme, Homero Aridjis, poet, Head of the Group of 100 and Mexico's Ambassador to UNESCO, Lyla Mehta of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, and Daniela Schmidt, Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Bristol.

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Peter Hitchens and Johann Hari

A Rational Debate About Drugs

Hay Festival 2015, 

It’s 100 years since drugs were first banned, and drug use and drug crime have continued to grow steadily across the world. What are people addicted to? Are any of the policies adopted around the world based on scientific data? Are any of them working? Hari is the author of Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War Against Drugs; Hitchens is the author of The War We Never Fought. Chaired by Hernando Alvarez, editor of BBC Mundo.

Peter Hitchens and Johann Hari

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Guadalupe Nettel, Jorge Franco and Pola Oloixarac with Eduardo Rabasa

In production

Cartagena 2011, 
Three different voices from American literature, with styles as varied as those of the Colombian Jorge Franco, the Mexican Guadalupe Nettel and the Argentinian Pola Oloixarac, will tell us how they tackle writing new stories, the new novels they have in mind, what obsessions they have as writers and how they knit together new narratives in their imagination. Chaired by the editor Eduardo Rabasa.

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Gerald Scarfe, Brian Griffiths and Paul Gravett talk to Simon Grant

Tate @ Hay 2: Rude Britannia – Comic Art

Hay Festival 2010, 
To coincide with Tate Britain’s historic survey of satire, from Gillray to Viz, we bring together a great cartoonist, a comic historian and an artist to discuss the form.

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Hans Blix talks to Jon Snow

The Joseph Rotblat Lecture 2013

Hay Festival 2013, 

This year’s lecture is given by the Swedish politician and diplomat. As Head of the International Atomic Energy Agency he led the Western inspection and response to the Chernobyl disaster. As head of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission he led the search for Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq between 2000 and 2003, finding none. Chaired by Jon Snow.

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Philippe Sands, Tristram Hunt, Audrey Niffenegger, Dave Willetts, Tiffany Murray

5 x 15 Two

Hay Festival 2010, 
A second outing for the London mini-lecture format replaces the event with Tom Bingham who is indisposed.
 
Human Rights lawyer Philippe Sands pays tribute to the judge and Law Lord, author of The Rule of Law; historian Tristram Hunt reports on his first three weeks as an opposition MP at Westminster; novelist Audrey Niffenegger talks Time Travel; Universities Minister Dave Willetts takes on the Babyboomers responsibilities in The Pinch (see also his later conversation with Jon Snow event [844], and novelist Tiffany Murray (Diamond Star Halo) recalls Freddie Mercury in her childhood barn. Hosted by Daisy Leitch.

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Frank Skinner talks to Fiona Lindsay

On the Road: Love, Stand-up Comedy and The Queen Of The Night

Hay Festival 2009, 
Tables turned on the comedian and chat show host, and now author of a masterly memoir.

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Michael Palin talks to John Crace

Travelling to Work

Hay Festival 2016, 

An interview with the treasured actor, writer, traveller and diarist.

Michael Palin talks to John Crace

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Stephen Fry talks to Peter Florence

The Last Word

Hay Festival 2010, 
All talk – from Apple to Zeus. The next volume of the writer’s memoir will be available in September.

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Christopher Hitchens

Late Night Hitch

Hay Festival 2003, 
The Christopher Hitchens stand-up gig. Lenny Bruce meets Wodehouse. Bullies beware.

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Gwyneth Lewis talks to Raymond Tallis

The Lapidus Conversation

Hay Festival 2011, 
The poet reads her works and discusses creative writing and mental health.
 
'Words are my health, the struggle to hear and transcribe the tune behind what I'm given by word of mouth.' (from 'A Hospital Odyssey' by Gwyneth Lewis)
 
'We are always trying to redeem our sense of being fragmented by means of the stories we recount about ourselves and each other and our world.' (from 'Hunger' by Raymond Tallis)
 
Lapidus, the UK organisation for creative writing and reading for health and wellbeing, asks big questions about poetry, health and the search for sustainable and satisfying narratives.We are delighted to welcome eminent writers and thinkers Gwyneth Lewis and Raymond Tallis, who will read from their work and discuss themes with Fiona Hamilton. 
 
Gwyneth Lewis was Wales' first National Poet in 2005-6. In 2010 she received a Society of Authors Cholmondeley Award in recognition of her achievement. 'A Hospital Odyssey' is a modern epic in which a hospital becomes the setting for a journey of bodies and minds and a deep investigation of health and survival.
 
Raymond Tallis has been described in The Independent as 'one of Britain's greatest intellectual all-rounders: a philosopher, novelist, poet, former professor of geriatric medicine at Manchester and an international authority on epilepsy in older people'. He is as interested in the detail of the brain's structures and functions as in the curiousness of a kiss or the different kinds of human hunger.
 
Entry to this event is free but you must obtain a ticket

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Paddy Ashdown

The Joseph Rotblat Lecture 2009: Ashdown’s Third Law

Hay Festival 2009, 
The WMD Awareness Programme lecture this year is given by the Royal Marine commando, party leader and international peacekeeper, whose memoir A Fortunate Life is published this month. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
Paddy Ashdown

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Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Ruth Rogers

Rose Gray's Tabletalk

Hay Festival 2010, 
We are honoured to inaugurate Rose Gray’s Tabletalk, an annual conversation about food and cooking in the name of the great chef and friend of Hay who died this year. Her River Café partner and her former colleague will discuss their work and their books The River Café Classic Italian Cookbook and River Cottage Everyday with John Mitchinson.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Ruth Rogers

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Eric Schmidt

The New Digital Age: Reshaping The Future Of People, Nations And Business

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Google Executive Chairman examines the future of a connected world with its extraordinary potential for education, medical tech, communication and translations and the huge global challenges to privacy and security. Chaired by Marcus du Sautoy.

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Gillian Clarke and Carol Ann Duffy

Poems

Hay Festival 2014, 

A reading by the National Poet of Wales and the Poet Laureate of Great Britain.

There are special GCSE tickets for this event. To book for anyone aged 14–16 years, please call the Box Office on 01497 822 629.
Gillian Clarke and Carol Ann Duffy

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Philip Pullman

Hay Festival 2011, 
The novelist talks about his The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ.
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ - Philip Pullman
Philip Pullman

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Sergio Cabrera and William Ospina in conversation with Juan Carlos Pérez Flórez

History and Television

Cartagena 2010, 
The stormy relationship between the small screen and the history of Colombia has led to a shortage of history programmes on Colombian TV. Why does television pay so little heed to the country's past? Is it true that history is not strong enough to fight for the ratings against Miss Colombia contests and drug dealing? Experts Sergio Cabrera and William Ospina analyse the pros and the cons of a genre that was once crowned with laurels and now struggles to rise from its own ashes. Chaired by Juan Carlos Pérez Flórez.

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The Winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize

Hay Festival 2014, 

The winning author of the £10,000 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for the best work of contemporary fiction in translation, Arab writer Hassan Blasim, discusses his book with judge Boyd Tonkin, The Independent’s Senior Writer and Columnist. Hassan Blasim won the prize for his second short story collection The Iraqi Christ, translated by Jonathan Wright and published by Comma Press.

The Winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize

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Bogotá 39

Hay Festival 2008, 
Introducing the cream of new fiction from Latin America with Colombian Juan Gabriel Vasquez’s The Informers, Peruvian Santiago Roncagliolo, and Mexican Guadalupe Nettel. Chaired by Jason Wilson.

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Juan Pedro Aparicio, Luis Mateo Diez and Jose Maria Merino

Junta de Castilla y Leon Presents: El Filandon

Hay Festival 2007, 
In Northwest Spain, when snow blocked the roads, people gathered around the fire to tell stories. The Castillian writers are joined by British actors to tell tonight's stories.

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Simon Schama, Niall Ferguson, Gary Younge and David Reynolds talk to Bronwen Maddox

Obama’s America

Hay Festival 2010, 
The historians set the current US administration and its achievements in context.
Simon Schama, Niall Ferguson, Gary Younge and David Reynolds talk to Bronwen Maddox

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Leonor Esguerra in conversation with Marta Ruiz

Cartagena 2012, 
Leonor Esguerra went from being a monk and head teacher at one of Bogota’s most exclusive schools in the seventies, to being an ELN guerrilla. Written by Inés Clauz Carriguiry, La búsqueda, testimonio de Leonor Esguerra, took twenty-five years to be published. In the book, Leonor Esguerra examines the changes undergone by Colombian society and the world, as well as the revolutionary experiences that marked her life. She will talk to the journalist Marta Ruiz. 

Simultaneous translation from Spanish to English available

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Nick Clegg talks to Philippe Sands

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Deputy Prime Minister gives his first public interview, discussing The Rule of Law, Constitutional Reform and the Coalition government.